The unofficial start to earnings season comes four times a year when the aluminum producer Alcoa (AA – 9.44) releases their numbers. This occurred last evening after the market closed.
There are a couple of reasons AA gets so much love when they release their earnings. First, the company tends to be the first Dow Jones Industrial component to release their earnings. Beyond that, the overall stock market tends to pay close attention to what this company has to say as their business prospects are a good indication for the overall global economy.